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02/18/22

Hospitals, long-term care facilities, and health centers have responded heroically to the COVID outbreak, punching holes in their budgets for PPE, washer/disinfectors, testing, tracing, and more

Senators say FEMA funding — with 100% federal cost sharing — will reimburse healthcare facilities for costs associated with responding to the pandemic

Schumer, Gillibrand: Federal Funding Will Help Central New York Sustain Fight Against COVID-19

US Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today gave $1,580,226 to the St. Luke Health Services in Oswego and $3,638,286 to the Mohawk Valley Health System from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the US Department of Homeland Security to cover associated costs with emergency response measures for their COVID responses. The funds each reimburse expenses associated with the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning/disinfecting supplies, and services such as nursing service contracts and COVID-19 testing. This funding is 100% on a federal cost basis, which Schumer has fought hard to include since the pandemic began.

“The Mohawk Valley Health System, St. Luke Health Services in Oswego, and so many other facilities across New York have heroically increased spending while suffering significant revenue losses and working diligently to help New York recover from this virus fight. I am proud to provide this vital federal support to help these important medical facilities recover and continue to protect our communities.” said Senator Schumer. “Upstate New York and its hospitals are among the hardest hit in the nation, and with this funding, the ongoing frontline fight being waged by our healthcare system and its incredible workforce will get the dollars they need and so much.” earn. to keep saving lives.”

“Healthcare providers have lost billions of dollars during the pandemic as costs have soared and revenue has been slashed.” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal support will help ensure that St. Luke Health Services and the Mohawk Valley Health System can maintain staffing levels, provide PPE, and continue to protect our communities as we encounter and fight emerging variants of COVID-19. I will continue to work to help New York medical facilities balance operating costs so they can continue to provide quality care to every New Yorker.”

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